Lobbying & Public Policy

We represent and advocate for clients before legislative and executive branch decision makers to obtain support for (or defend against) legislative and regulatory proposals. Supported by the firm’s full range of nationally recognized legal services, our attorneys work closely with clients to carefully draft legislation, develop grassroots programs and build coalitions on numerous matters. Both political parties are represented in our lobbying team.

Our Iowa Government Relations and lobbying team of attorneys have considerable prior experience in all three branches of state government, as well as service in county and city government.

Government Relations Update - 06-08-22

Primary election results for numerous statewide and legislative races are in.  In federal election news, Mike Franken defeated Abby Finkenauer to become the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate.  Franken will challenge current U.S. Senator Charles Grassley who defeated Jim Carlin in the Republican primary. Additionally, Zach Nunn won a three-way...
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Government Relations Update - 05-25-2022

The 2022 Iowa legislature adjourned sine die early this morning capping an extended 136-day session. The final gavel fell at 12:10 AM in the Senate and at 12:16 AM in the House.  The final two days of session included the passage of a handful of remaining policy bills and the entire state budget.  All the budget bills fund various departments of...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 19 Summary

After weeks of limited activity, the Senate Appropriations Committee convened Wednesday signaling the end of the 2022 legislative session is near. The Committee passed ten bills, nine of which were budgets. Most of the budget bills passed with agreed-to amendments between the Senate and House.  Negotiations continue on the largest budget, Health...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 18 Summary

As no formal activity occurred at the Statehouse this week, we turn our attention towards the fast approaching June 7th primary.  Early in-person and mail-in voting will begin Wednesday, May 18th.  To confirm you are registered to vote, and locate your primary and election polling locations, click HERE for the Iowa Secretary of State’s voting...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 17 Summary

Week 17 at the Capitol slowed to a crawl.  The Senate debated on Monday and moved several bills to the Governor and a couple back to the House.  The debated bills included a proposal from the Governor’s Child Care Task Force Recommendations - HF 2127.  This bill would allow child care providers to collect the rate difference between families who...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 16 Summary

Week sixteen officially started overtime for the 2022 legislative session.  Out of curiosity you may be wondering if the session has gone into overtime in the past…the answer is, more often than not, YES.  The first legislative session was held by the Iowa Territory Legislative Assembly in 1838.  The Iowa General Assembly began holding legislative...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 15 Summary

The 100th day has passed with two days of debate in the Senate and zero activity in the House this week.  At this point the only real deadline is July 1st - the date of the new fiscal year and the date which the budget bills take effect.  Several legislators have primary contests and are chomping at the bit to get out there and door knock.  The...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 14 Summary

The days leading to Easter weekend are usually slow as legislators like to participate in activities back in their districts.  It is safe to say that the legislature won’t adjourn next Tuesday April 19th on the 100th day.  At this point, it may just be safer to say, “no end in sight.”  In what could have been a major shake-up in Iowa’s U.S. Senate...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 13 Summary

In what we hope is the calm before the storm, week #13 was fairly uneventful as negotiations continued between the House and the Senate.  The House passed two appropriations bills in a late night debate on Tuesday.  Those two appropriations bills, the Rebuild Iowa Infrastructure Fund and Health and Human Services budget, are usually the last bills...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 12 Summary

The end of the 2022 legislative session is getting ever closer as we approach the 100th day of session.  Tuesday, April 19th is the target adjournment date, but that is not a hard and fast end date.  Lawmakers’ per diem payments end on that date so it is a built-in incentive to conclude legislative work in a timely manner - the final “funnel” of...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 11 Summary

The Senate had a short week of debate with no activity Monday or Thursday. On Tuesday, the chamber did pass eleven bills off the floor. They also passed ten bills Wednesday with eight passing unanimously. Across the rotunda, House lawmakers debated eleven bills on Tuesday, four bills on Wednesday, and thirteen bills on Thursday. This included the...
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Government Relations Update - 03-21-2022

Friday, March 18th marked the filing deadline for state and legislative offices. November’s ballot will include races for U.S. Senate, all four U.S. House of Representative Districts, Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Secretary of Agriculture, and Attorney General. Candidates for the June 7, 2022 primary election are...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 10 Summary

The second funnel deadline has come and gone. Bills that didn’t pass all the way through the first Chamber and the Committee in the other Chamber are DEAD for the session. Although, some bills come back as amendments to other bills - so we have to remain vigilant.  Bills that have been referred to Ways and Means and Appropriations are not subject...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 9 Summary

Vowing to keep Iowa a state “where you can live your life freely” Governor Reynolds announced her reelection campaign on Wednesday at the State Fairgrounds.  Reynolds is Iowa’s first female governor, assuming the role in 2017 and winning her first election in 2018.  Reynolds’ only announced Democratic opponent is Deidre De Jear.  Recent polling...
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Government Relations Update - 03-10-2022

March 10, 2022 / REC SUMMARY The Revenue Estimating Conference (“REC”), comprised of a three-member panel (Kraig Paulsen, Holly Lyons, and David Underwood) met this morning (3/10/22) as part of their standard schedule of meetings to estimate future state revenues. A summary of the information discussed during the meeting is below, along with this...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 8 Summary

The legislature shifted this week from subcommittee and committee work to floor debate.  The next major deadline is only two weeks away - March 18, the second funnel.  This is the deadline by which policy bills must advance out of both a Committee and the floor in the originating chamber and clear a Committee in the other Chamber.  Many bills fail...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 7 Summary

Governor Kim Reynolds has been tapped to give the GOP response to President Biden’s State of the Union Address next week. U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy announced the decision in a joint release Tuesday. “Governor Kim Reynolds’ brave, bold, and successful leadership for Iowans has put...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 6 Summary

The first funnel week has come and gone, with a total of 118 subcommittees held in just four days: 41 in the Senate and 77 in the House. The focus will now shift to floor debate as only a handful of bills have reached the full chamber for consideration.  The next major funnel requires a bill be voted out of the first Chamber and move through...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 5 Summary

The first MAJOR deadline for the 2022 General Assembly is next Friday, February 18.  That is the date by which “most” bills must be out of the Committee of origin.  There are exceptions to this rule however for Ways and Means, Appropriations, and Leadership bills.  Next week will be a hectic one at the Capitol with many bills yet to be filed,...
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2022 Iowa Legislative Session - Week 4 Summary

Countdown to funnel week! The first funnel week is fast approaching - February 18 is the date by which bills must be moved out of the Committee of origin. Like almost every legislative rule there are exceptions. The speed of bills being released, and subcommittees scheduled will increase over the next several legislative days. However, activity...
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SERVICES OFFERED:

Lobbying Services

We represent and advocate for clients before legislative and executive branch decision-makers to obtain support for (or defend against) legislative and regulatory proposals. Supported by BrownWinick’s full range of nationally recognized legal services, we work closely with our clients to carefully draft legislation, develop grassroots programs, and build coalitions on numerous matters. Both political parties are represented in our lobbying team.

Strategy Development

Clients are assisted in developing goals and effective strategies in support of their legislative and regulatory agendas. This includes arranging meetings with key elected officials and policymakers. Assistance is also provided in the development of effective and supportive public relations and media campaigns.

Legislative/Regulatory Drafting

Our team regularly drafts legislation and regulations to address our clients’ needs. BrownWinick assists clients in getting these legislative and regulatory proposals introduced before the appropriate governing body and in shepherding them through the approval process.

Tracking and Evaluation of Legislation

On-site personal attention, as well as the latest computer technology, are both used to monitor legislative trends and developments that likely affect clients and their interests. This work includes legal analysis and reporting on legislation as it moves through the lengthy process of hearings, committee meetings, floor debate, and consideration by the executive branch.

Ethics and Election Laws

Our team regularly works with and counsels clients to ensure compliance with applicable rules, laws, and ethical considerations on lobbying, campaign finance, and corporate political activity.

Political Activities
Practical recommendations are made to clients on the administration and development of political action committees. Such work includes providing proposals for the effective use of campaign contributions. Campaign contribution plans are also developed for clients without political action committees. Finally, we also assist with political campaigns and administer ballot issue campaigns.

Peer Recognition

BrownWinick’s Iowa Government Relations team has been recognized as a leader in the industry. Members of our team have been recognized in the peer evaluation platform, Super Lawyers, which only 5% of attorneys in a state can be recognized in Super Lawyers.

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